Sunblock Practices for Infants

You should really get to know your baby's skin type and properties. Is it normally sensitive? Does their skin irritate easily? Do they have any skin abnormalities or conditions? You should know all of these things before you choose a sunblock for your infant. My daughter is half Mexican, so she tans very easily. I knew her skin wasn't too sensitive so we just used regular 30-50 spf children's sunscreen spray. We also make sure she's not in the sun all day long. We take breaks and go back inside because too much sun exposure can still be harmful. She has yet to get a burn or any serious problems because of sun exposure. There are many different types of sunscreen/sunblock out there so make sure you are reading the ingredients and checking which ones might cause a bad reaction with your infant if they have sensitive skin.

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    05/20/14
    8Theresa Gould
    That is a very good way of saying it. I never thought about it like that but we knew our children could potentially have sensitive skin because my husband is pale. I tan fairly easily, though I can burn, but once I'm tanned, I just tan deeper.
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      05/20/14
      Great tips, Dale.. zoning into how your own kiddo's skin is, is key! I just asked our pediatrician about it all, because M will be going to the beach in August.. and he said that sunscreen isn't recommended for babes 6 months and under.. that we really need to wait most likely and until then, keep him out of the sun :) Obviously we do.. but it was the first I heard no to sunscreen until he's 6 months! Poor guy seems rather fair skinned too.. we will be on high alert at the beach! hehe
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        05/20/14
        amanda
        I tried coppertone baby sunscreen on all my children and have been lucky enough that they didn't have any negative reaction to it. Thankfully because I can burn in the dark lol. My poor kids will never see a tan unless they get daddy's genes.
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        I'm a 23 year old single mother living in Fortville, IN. I work in Indianapolis. I have a wonderful 3 year old daughter, Clara. Check out my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005722937289 :-)